Edgar Allan Poe's Personal Life- A Biography
Edgar Allan Poe was a poet that wasn't very well known at first, as is the case with many poets. After he died however, people began to see his talent in his works that have become well known around the world. The Raven is an example of one of his best known works along with Annabel Lee. Both of these poems are indeed favorites of mine.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusettes in the year of 1809 on January 19. His parents were Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr., an actor. At this time no one knew of the talent this man would have, how could they have?
Sadly enough his mother passed on in Richmond Virginia in the year 1811. It was around then that a John Allan and his wife took him into his home and raised him. However his mother's death would not be the last one of someone close to him. Edgar Allan Poe lost a lot of his loved ones.
This amazing talented writer of short stories and many well known poems went to the University of Virginia in the United States. It was there that he received the majority of his education. However Poe also went to the Military Academy At West Point for brief period in time. He had gone there after he was forced to join the military out of poverty. However he was released because of the death of his foster mom. It was then that he did start at the Military Academy. However Poe no longer wanted to go there so he quickly tried to get kicked out by not going to classes and doing anything else he possibly could to get kicked out.
Poe actually loved a few woman in his lifetime. He married his cousin Virginia Clemm when she was only 13 years old. He was a great husband and son in law in this relationship. Once again however, he lost another one that was close. For she died in January 1847.
The next year he went to Providence Rhode Island to woo over Sarah Helen Whitman, a fellow poet. The two of them did get engaged but it did not last for Poe became attracted to other women.
Edgar Allan Poe was a great editor, a critic, a writer of wonderful terrifying short stories, and a poet. While he was a critic it is said that he was a harsh and strict critic. Any tiny mistake was considered to be big for him. He was also a strict editor as well.
As an editor Poe worked at the Southern Literary Messenger in the year 1835. He lost this job because of his drinking habits that seemed to be a problem he had for the most part of his life.
On October 7, 1849 the United States lost a great poet. He died on this day but his cause of death is unknown. They did not have the technology nor the skills that we have today to determine the cause of death. It may had been his drinking problems or heart failure. It could have been anything.
Poe wrote many great works of art. His stories are frightening but well written with a skill I feel no other possesses. He wrote poetry, dark poetry of pain and torment. A pain that we can all understand now in modern day. His works are recognized today. He is a poet that will not be forgotten, after death or in centuries. He will always remain the tormented soul of Edgar Allan Poe.
A Website that I got my info from
- Edgar Allan Poe Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com
Find out more about American writer, critic, and editor Edgar Allan Poe, on Biography.com. See how his mystery and horror stories were the first of their kind.
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